Light For the World

Advent Week 2

The “I AM” statements of Jesus are essentials for a growing disciple. By learning them we find our security and significance, not in the people around us, but in our relationship with Christ. Take a walk in John’s Gospel and enjoy a deeper relationship with the One who loves us.

ReadJohn 8:12-30

MAIN IDEA: Jesus, Light of the World, reveals God’s nature, reveals the darkness of our sin, and reveals a life pleasing to God.

CONNECTING

What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures?

Share a time you were in complete darkness. How does it feel when there is no light? Have you ever been scared of the dark?

UNDERSTANDING:

Read John 8:12 – 20. What is the importance of Jesus’ statement ‘I am the light of the world,’ at this particular time and place? The treasury would have been the location of great lamps meant to remind the people of the fire that guided Israel by night in the wilderness. What is the irony of this situation?

Read John 1:1-18. What does this passage tell us about who Jesus is? What is astounding about verse 10? How do the Pharisees respond to Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world in John 8:13-19. What was the barrier to the Jews believing that Jesus was the messiah?

Read John 3:19-21. What is the reason we are given that people will not acknowledge Jesus as Lord? What is the cause of refusing to come to Jesus? Is it a lack of information, or something much deeper?

 LIVING:

Read through John 9 briefly. What happened after Jesus declared himself to be the light of the world? What is the importance of this story of a man having his blindness removed? Has Jesus given you the ability to see? What was the response of the man who was given sight? How does this challenge us?

‘Light’ is not only a title for Jesus, but a descriptor of how disciples are to live. Read the following passages:

  • Romans 13:12
  • Ephesians 5:8
  • 1 Thess. 5:5
  • 1 Peter 2:9

What is the biblical expectation of those who come to know ‘The Light of the World’ in a saving way? What does it look like for Christians to ‘live as light’ in this world of darkness?

Read 1 John 1:5-10 – What does it mean to ‘walk in the light?’ Does it mean that Christians no longer sin? How does walking in the light help us overcome the power of sin?

What’s Happening

Christmas Eve Services at 3 & 5 PM
Enjoy carols, readings and a visit from the infamous King Herod!

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